RATINGS: 1451   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A pale, strong, fruity, hoppy Trappist ale from one of Belgiums six official abbey breweries. Achel 8 is hard to find even in Belgium; in the U.S. its up there with the rarest of beers. This blond, flavorful beer is a surprisingly refreshing brew at 8% alcohol by volume. It is lightly filtered, but still wholesomely hazy with yeast remaining and refermenting in the bottle.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Taste again for rating. Golden color, with a large white head. Aroma, yeasty, sweet, fruity . Medium body. Hoppy tatse, good balance with the bitterness. My favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3854) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2007
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before 01/08/07, Trappist tasting at my place, savoured on March 9 2007; eye: nice compact creamy off-white head, golden, no effervescence, suspended matter, lacing; nose: wheat, grainy malt, lightly fruity; mouth: light pepper, alcohol, well-balanced, nice enjoyable bitterness, light grapefruit, nice creamy and enjoyable finale in grainy malt and light fruitiness, creamy texture, medium body, light carbonation, light bitterness FRANAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant 01/08/07, soire Trappiste chez nous, savoure le 9 mars 2007; oeil : belle mousse crmeuse compacte de couleur blanc cass, dore, voile, pas deffervescence, matire en suspension, dentelle; nez : froment, malt granuleux, lgrement fruite; bouche : lger poivre, alcool, bel quilibre, belle amertume, lger pamplemousse, belle finale crmeuse et agrable en malt granuleux et lgrement fruite, texture crmeuse, corps moyen, lgrement carbonate, lgrement amre

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaxiDriver (1732) - Stadland, GERMANY - JUN 18, 2007
Bottle. The smell of cheese, yeast and hops, a little bit of acid (but not in a bad way), the smell of bread comes after 1-2 minutes. A huge frothy white head, excellent lacing and fully lasting. Cloudy body, rather dark orange. Moderate acidic flavor, long duration. The blond has a medium body, a oily texture and a izzy carbonation. Quite interesting belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2007
0.33 l bottle. Deep golden color with fluffy head. Sweetish aroma with tart fruitiness, clove and some alcohol. Dryer flavor with pepper, clove and some musty-woody notes. Dry bitter-woody finish. Very highly carbonated, needs a goblet and some time to dissipate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Cloudy pale body with suspended, globular yeast and a medium-sized white head. The aroma is moderately sweet, candi sugar, golden raisins, light banana, bread and honey. The flavor is slightly sweet, herbal hops, raisins, peach, honey and dough. Medium body is incredibly soft with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUN 13, 2007
Fuity aroma, orange peel.Thick white cloudy head. Straw yellow, plenty of bubbles rising. Spicy, floral flavor. I got clove, and an earthy taste. Soft bitterness. Too much carbonation. Lightly sour finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
HapyAcid (4) - IRELAND - JUN 7, 2007 does not count
33cl bottled poured into a Westmalle chalice glass. Served from a cool fridge, 07/06/07. Appearance: Cloudy, light orange. Thick white head. Pleasent Looking beer. Aroma: Bitter and Sour. Taste: As the aroma, bitter and sour. Found it quite similar to Orval. Mouth feels much fizz. Very lively beer to drink. Verdict: Definatly not the best trappist Ive tasted but thats just me. Try this if you lke Orval or Boon Geuze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (41884) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours clear orange with a huge crispy head. Aroma yeasty, earth and fruity with caramel malt base beneath. Flavour starts sweet caramel, going into a complex fruit palate before the yeast becomes appearant. Finish holds a strong spiced bitterness with a clear alcohol presence. Certainly not one of my favourite trappists.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (3260) - Waregem, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2007
Bottle, 33 cl. Golden color, with a large white head. Aroma, yeasty, sweet, fruity . Medium bodied. Taste is very hoopy, i like it very much, nice bitterness. A really good trappist !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2007
Yer average pale orange with a large coarse-bubbled head and decent lacing. Fruity, floral and sweet aroma. Taste leaned to the sweet side, subdued hops. Lively mouthfeel.

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